Take this with a large grain of salt as it's just a rumor at this point, but one of our sources very close to the Android core who has been testing and working with Gingerbread for quite a while recently shared a little tidbit of info. According to the source, we won't have to wonder what exactly Gingerbread, the next Android OS, is going to bring to the table for too long because the Gingerbread SDK is going to go public next week.

Getting access to the latest revision of the Android SDK means we'll find out all the new API calls showing new OS functionality and, more importantly, will have access to the latest emulator showing exactly what the stock Android Gbread will look like. What we probably won't have yet is the source code, because AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code typically trails the SDK release by a few weeks.

The source didn't specify whether the version number is going to be 2.5 or 3.0, but I suppose we'll see very soon.

That is all I can share publicly for now and, of course, a rumor will stay a rumor until it's either refuted or confirmed but all I can say is I don't see any reason for the source to lie or be unreliable. Of course, we also can't predict Google changing the schedule for whatever reason, but the rumor definitely has legs.

Froyo was announced May 20th of this year, and by the time next week rolls around, about 5 months would have passed. Android is still technically supposed to be on a 6-month release cycle, but considering it takes a while to get everyone going on a new OS iteration, including both manufacturers and developers, I wouldn't be surprised if Google indeed decided to fast track Gbread. Throw in the upcoming holiday season and the fact that Gingerbread may be vital to having a better experience on Android tablets, and we have ourselves the perfect storm.

Crossing my fingers here - how about you?

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
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  • tarman

    hopefully the current slew of phones coming out in the next few weeks through the end of the year will be decent enough for Gingerbread. i'd be upset if i purchase a world phone (probably the merge) and it didn't meet the required specs for upgrade. the same goes for the G2/Z phones.

  • http://nextparadigms.com Lucian

    Google released 1.0 in the fall of 2008, 2.0 in the fall of 2009, and will release 3.0 in the fall of 2010 - which is now.

    • Warden Chinbach

      God I hope you're right. I've been losing a lot of sleep lately.

    • Jason

      Sounds good

  • Snake

    I'm still waiting on froyo for my vibrant lol

    • Ryan

      That's the hard part about custom uis ... Takes forever to get updates to your phone. Once gingerbread is released, you'll just be getting froyo.

  • adam

    That a lie ryan because the evo only took 2 month to get a new os update. It was custom rom and incredible took 3 month get an os update the same amount of month of os update.

  • ac

    Let's hope it will finally be suitable and supported for tablets.

  • elijahblake

    so all the Galaxy S series are for sure getting the Gingerbread right????

    • elijahblake

      even if they're capable I wonder if Samsung will actually do it or not...

  • John Doe

    While it means absolutely dick and doesn't suggest anything. Consider this: What time of the year is gingerbread usually eaten as a treat....I mean more so then other times of the year?

  • http://elitecore.com Dhaval Yoganandi

    this is really great news (let it be rumor). I hope to that a gingerbread build will leak next month.. :P

  • TareX

    Gingerbread has got to be the most exciting Android release so far. They've been talking about the "third version" of Android since 0.9.... If the entire OS will have this classy "glassy" interface of the gallery -as rumored, then color me "extremely excited". Android 2.1 already looked great, but to know that 3.0 is all about looks... I'm pumped.

    Things I can't wait for:

    1) Tegra 2 smartphones launching with Gingerbread.
    2) Gmail video chat finally on Android
    3) Google TV integration
    4) HW-acceleration of HD flash video (thanks to Tegra 2)....
    5) And last and maybe least, that PSP phone...

    I've read somewhere that glasses-free 3D Android phones will be launching in mid-2010 in devices equipped with Tegra 2.... that -if true- would be insane.... Good times ahead.

  • http://www.shaswatpatel.com/ Shaswat Patel

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    I am waiting for this update!

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    • Ozren

      Adobe MAX 2010 is next week. I am shure Google will announce it at MAX.

  • AlCaTrAz

    OMFG !!! Santa Please Bring Us The Android 3.0 !!! We Promise We`ll Be Good And Kill All IPhones !!!

  • http://www.prekshabansal.com Preksha Bansal

    This is a great news and looking for more like this

  • JohanS

    Three weeks later and still no sign of the gingerbread SDK. Put your source on the "do not trust" list, as this rumor turned out to be false..

    I think Google will announce gingerbread at some press conference just like they did with froyo, where they get to speak about the features. I wouldn't believe these rumors unless there's an upcoming google press conference announced.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Unfortunately, the rumor wasn't accurate indeed. Who knows what changed or went wrong in the last moment. At least we got that Gingerbread statue that week instead.

  • q

    You guys... Gingerbread is Android 2.3
    You'll have to wait for a while, to get 3.0 (Honeycomb)